New Year…New You…New Sore Muscles?

Did you set a New Year’s Resolution to become more active and improve your health?

Did you join the gym that you will commit to daily?

Good for you, these are great strides in improving your overall quality of life.

But now, your new workout regimen has you with tight, sore, and achy muscles. One of the most common thing people lack on when beginning a new exercise routine is the pre- and post-workout stretching routine. Now it is week 3 of working out for the first time in what feels like forever and your feeling plagued by sore and achy muscles. One of the number top reasons people stop is sore muscles. Do not let this hold you down for the count and think you have injured yourself and give up on your goals. A basic stretching program could be the change that can help your recover and help alleviate those pains to keep you working towards your goals.

Stretching Program for Before and After a Workout

Below are 12 stretches to be completed before and after your workout. Click the link to access the pictures, descriptions, and suggested duration and sets: Stretching Program

  • Quadriceps Stretch
  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Hip Flexor Stretch
  • Piriformis Stretch – Long Seated
  • Piriformis Stretch
  • Calf Stretch
  • Child’s Pose
  • Pec Stretch – Corner Stretch
  • Cross Arm Stretch
  • Lat Stretch
  • Wrist Flexor Stretch
  • Wrist Extensor Stretch

All stretches need to be completed with caution. Stretching should not increase your pain in the muscle group intended to be stretched or else where.  All stretches can be completed as long as your doctor feels these are safe for you. Questions can be directed to the clinic at 815-223-4479.